By Martha Sullivan
When the Eagles season started last September, rookie Jordan Hicksa was the fourth linebacker behind Kiko Alonso, Mychal Kendricks and DeMeco Ryans.
But injuries forced Hicks into action and he made a ton of big plays, some of the biggest were at the expense of the Dallas Cowboys. He injured Tony Romo on a strip fumble in Week 2 (above). The Eagles lost the game but the Cowboys pretty much lost their season because of that hit. Then Hicks nabbed a pick-six off Matt Cassel in Week 9 to help the Eagles essentially bury the Cowboys’ season.
Hicks also got hurt in the second Dallas game. He suffered a pectoral injury and was placed on the season-ending injured reserve list. The Eagles’ defense noticably suffered down the stretch with Hicks missing.
The good news for the Eagles is that Hicks showed tremendous promise at only age 23. He’s incredibly talented and smart. Eagles players already call Hicks “Simba” in relation to Ryans’ “Mufasa” nickname. The bad news for the Cowboys is that Hicks will potentially terrorize them for years to come.